Microsoft Research has released a report detailing how retailers can use cloud-based data services to get the most out of Web search. Microsoft currently offers an entity synonym service, and it is developing entity tagging and query-to-entity services.
The new TiVo Mini DVR extender box is priced at $99, but buyers also have to sign up for a subscription plan with the product: $5.99 a month or a one-time fee of $149.99. Meant for streaming video content to a second television set, the TiVo Mini is only compatible with the TiVo Premiere 4 and Premiere XL4/Elite DVRs, it was noted. The TiVo Mini goes on sale Sunday.
The TiVo Mini set-top, which gives users the ability to screen programming from its Premiere DVR in any room of their homes, is now being offered by Suddenlink Communications. The monthly rental fee ranges from $6 to $11, based on the particular market and customer-service tier.
An 11-year-old boy in Canada was writing and distributing malicious programs designed to steal passwords for Team Fortress and other video games, according to AVG Technologies, a security software firm. "We believe these junior programmers are motivated mainly by the thrill of outwitting their peers, rather than financial gain, but it is nevertheless a disturbing and increasing trend," AVG Chief Technology Officer Yuval Ben-Itzhak said.